Book Review: On Distant Shores

On Distant Shores


Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A comfortable boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie’s cozy life gets decidedly more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson. Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancée. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they’ve made?


My review:

Sarah Sundin never disappoints. This tale rings most true of all Sarah’s novels because of the pharmacist hero. Sarah is also a pharmacist and her passion for the profession rings true.

The historical details and treatment of pharmacists during World War II is fascinating. Having worked at a pharmacy college for several years, I found the attitudes toward the field indicative of how many ideals are received in “traditional” professions.

Oh. And the romance. Georgie’s and Hutch’s relationship is beautifully done and draws you in from their first meeting. I love the growth in Georgie as she comes to terms with her identity and strengths. She’s a great character all around.

If you love World War II fiction, pick this one up for sure.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. And honestly, I tone down my gushing when it comes to Sarah’s books. 😉


Other reviews of Sarah’s books:

With Every Letter (predecessor to On Distant Shores)

A Distant Melody

A Memory Between Us

Blue Skies Tomorrow

More about Nicole

Community Champion at Buffer ~ writer ~ reader ~ urban homesteader ~ former rodeo queen ~ @nmillerbooks

  • Sarah Sundin

    Nicole – thank you so much for the lovely review! I love how you see these issues still at play in the pharmacy profession – I certainly do! I’m so glad you enjoyed Hutch & Georgie’s story!